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stint1

[stint] /stɪnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance:
Don't stint on the food. They stinted for years in order to save money.
2.
Archaic. to cease action; desist.
verb (used with object)
3.
to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict.
4.
Archaic. to bring to an end; check.
noun
5.
a period of time spent doing something:
a two-year stint in the army.
6.
an allotted amount or piece of work:
to do one's daily stint.
7.
limitation or restriction, especially as to amount:
to give without stint.
8.
a limited, prescribed, or expected quantity, share, rate, etc.:
to exceed one's stint.
9.
Obsolete. a pause; halt.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; (v.) Middle English stinten, Old English styntan to make blunt, dull; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; cognate with Old Norse stytta to shorten; cf. stunt1
Related forms
stintedly, adverb
stintedness, noun
stinter, noun
stintingly, adverb
stintless, adjective
unstinted, adjective
unstinting, adjective
unstintingly, adverb
Synonyms
3. confine, restrain. 7. restraint, constraint. 8. allotment, portion.

stint2

[stint] /stɪnt/
noun
1.
any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris, as the least sandpiper.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English stynte < ?
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  • Fortunately, my military stint allowed me to visit many parts of the world which were an education unto itself.
British Dictionary definitions for stint

stint1

/stɪnt/
verb
1.
to be frugal or miserly towards (someone) with (something)
2.
(archaic) to stop or check (something)
noun
3.
an allotted or fixed amount of work
4.
a limitation or check
5.
(obsolete) a pause or stoppage
Derived Forms
stinter, noun
Word Origin
Old English styntan to blunt; related to Old Norse stytta to cut short; see stunt1

stint2

/stɪnt/
noun
1.
any of various small sandpipers of the chiefly northern genus Calidris (or Erolia), such as C. minuta (little stint)
Word Origin
Old English; related to Middle High German stinz small salmon, Swedish dialect stinta teenager; see stunt1
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Word Origin and History for stint
v.

"to limit, restrain, to be sparing or frugal," Old English styntan "to blunt, make dull," from Proto-Germanic *stuntijanan (cf. Old Norse stuttr "short, scant," Middle High German stunz "blunt, short," German stutzen "to cut short, curtail, stop, hesitate"), from PIE root *(s)teu- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (see steep (adj.)). Related: Stinted; stinting. The noun is attested from c.1300.

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